Food to stimulate more than the soul

Many people believe food is a way to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Certain foods, classified as aphrodisiacs, can intensify sexual desire.

“Chocolate definitely gets the blood going,” said Alaythia Burkins, a 21-year-old employee at Condomology, an adult specialty store. “Different types of fruits are also good.”

Burkins said chocolate body paint is a popular item this time of year.

According to, chocolate contains mild central nervous system stimulants that help heighten arousal. The Web site also said bananas, oysters, and oranges, are known to be natural arousal tools because they resemble body parts.

Some students appreciate both fruit and candy.

“I love chocolate and cherries,” said Jessenia Killingsworth, an 18-year-old freshman public relations student from New Port Richey. “The sweetness of both of these foods hit every taste bud.”

However, using foods as aphrodisiacs is not just for the ladies on Valentine’s Day. The latest scientific experiments prove that men are strongly attracted to pumpkin pie.

Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, said after conducting tests, the combined scent of pumpkin pie and lavender produced the most arousal for male laboratory subjects.

If you’re looking to whip up a tasty treat for your special someone on Saturday, try snacks like baby artichokes, chocolate-covered strawberries, oysters with dipping sauce, and pumpkin cheesecake.

These recipes and more food aphrodisiacs can be found online at

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